Congratulations to SoM/ARRC Ph.D. candidate Noah Brauer on being awarded an FY2021 NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) research grant!
The successor of the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, the FINESST program provides research grants to graduate students who are designing and performing research projects relevant to interests of the NASA Science Mission Directorate. The Earth Science Research Program contributes to NASA's mission through the following key questions:
• How is the global Earth system changing?
• What causes these changes in the Earth system?
• How will the Earth system change in the future?
• How can Earth system science provide societal benefit?
Noah's proposed research focuses on improving the understanding of microphysics and rainfall processes in tropical cyclones. The analysis will leverage observations from the satellite-based Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission along with ground-based radar and disdrometer data. This project will improve the representation of precipitation of tropical cyclones from space, of global precipitation characteristics in extreme rainfall scenarios, and the understanding how to enhance hydrological modeling and prediction of tropical cyclone precipitation and microphysics. The work addresses aspects of the 2017-2027 Decadal Survey and it is applicable to the water cycle, climate variability, and weather/atmospheric dynamics foci by targeting improved understanding and representations of extreme rainfall events to fully understand the climate system. Mr. Brauer is advised by Dr. Pierre Kirstetter with Dr. Jeffrey Basara and will continue his Ph.D. studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Join us virtually at the 2021 Virtual National Weather Festival!
This year's festival will be held on October 25th - 30th, 2021, in a virtual format with an array of multifaceted and exciting activities for all ages throughout the week.
In 2020, over 150,000 participants virtually joined us for the National Weather Festival, and we are thrilled to reach our global, national, and local weather enthusiasts once again!
Stay tuned for more information and how to become engaged! #NWF2021
Researchers with the Advanced Radar Research Center hosted a virtual workshop, Atmospheric Science Applications of Ground-Based Phased Array Radars, that gathered 166 international attendees from the scientific community to get input on the types of research that can be done with these phased array radar systems as well as identifying some of the technology and training barriers that may need to be overcome. Read more here.
Rylee is an M.S. student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering studying under Dr. Justin Metcalf, and a recipient of the Gallogly College of Engineering PhD Recruitment Excellence Fellowship.
In his research, Rylee is currently working on real-time spectrum sensing and signal detection to enable the operation of cognitive radar systems on software-defined radios.
Asked how he likes to spend his free time, Rylee said, "In my spare time I enjoy reading and watching Sci-fi television shows. I also enjoy camping, hiking and spending weekends outdoors."
After completing his M.S., Rylee plans to continue here at OU to earn a PhD, then enter industry.
A true legend in our field, Dr. Richard J. Doviak (“Dick”), passed away on March 12, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and moved to Oklahoma in 1972 to lead the weather radar program at the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. He never retired, writing innumerable papers, speaking at conferences around the world, and serving on countless graduate committees. His book on Doppler weather radar was translated into several languages and is considered required reading for anyone in the field. Dick loved helping students and colleagues achieve their highest potential and did so with many University of Oklahoma (OU) students in both electrical engineering and meteorology.
The OU Foundation has established a fund to accept contributions in honor of Dick and to provide an annual award to the outstanding graduate student that exemplifies the importance of the partnership between the OU and the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory. The “Richard J. Doviak Award” is now accepting donations with the goal of endowing the award so it can live on forever. If you would like to contribute, the direct OU Foundation page for this award can be found here.
We would also like to make you aware of a “Celebration of Life” for Dick that will take place at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma on August 18th, 2021, starting at 5pm. It would be wonderful If you could come celebrate the life and career of this amazing man with his family, friends, and colleagues.
The ARRC student of the month for May 2021 is Rachel Jarvis, an M.S. student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering working with Dr. Jay McDaniel. Rachel is currently the president of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society and a Graduate Student Senator.
Recent Awards and Recognition:
• National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award
• The Outstanding Junior and The Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering• Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Mentor Award 2019
• Paper titled “Measurement and Signal Processing Techniques for Extracting Highly Accurate and Wideband RCS” has been accepted to the 2021 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)
Rachel's current research focuses on calibration and clutter cancellation techniques for highly accurate wideband RCS measurements. Her proposed Ph.D. research involves investigating novel adaptive pulse compression processing techniques for frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) waveforms to explore the foundational limitations on modern-day biomedical imaging radars.
In her free time, Rachel likes traveling, spending time in nature, and supporting local animal rescues. She also enjoys baking and going to concerts.
Asked about her plans after graduation, Rachel said, "I plan to become a professor so that I can expand my research pursuits and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness in STEM."
Congresswoman Stephanie Bice visited the OU campus on Friday, April 30, 2021. During her visit, she toured the National Weather Center, School of Meteorology and the Radar Innovations Laboratory.
Congresswoman Bice sits on the Space Science and Technology Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, which interact with this important arm of research at the University of Oklahoma.
Congratulations to ARRC faculty member Prof. Jessica Ruyle for this prestigious professorship.Jessica E. Ruyle is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Advanced Radar Research Center. She has two patents for her antenna design work and is the recipient of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award for her work in highly conformal, placement insensitive antennas.
Ruyle supports nearly all of her graduate students with fully funded graduate research assistantships. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on grants totaling over $16 million; her portion of those awards is over $3.7 million. The DARPA Young Faculty Award provided about $500,000 in funds that were almost exclusively used to support graduate and undergraduate research. In addition, Ruyle has placed students in internships and full-time positions at multiple prominent places, including the AT&T Advanced Antennas Department, Air Force Research Lab, National Instruments, Naval Research Laboratory, Raytheon, Sandia National Laboratories, and NASA.
Ruyle’s service activities reflect a personal commitment to broaden participation in electrical and computer engineering – in the field of applied electromagnetics, in particular. She has been an adviser of undergraduate research for nearly 40 students through programs such as Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, First Year Research Experience and Honors Engineering Research Program. In her first year as a faculty member, she founded a student organization called Women in ECE (WECE). WECE has focused events around building a network of people who support women in ECE and changing the image of an electrical or computer engineer.
During the past seven years at OU, Ruyle has worked to redesign courses to make them more accessible and engaging for all students without compromising the fundamental need to develop a deep understanding and mastery of electromagnetics. As one example, the antennas course she teaches is completely project-based, using both commercial-grade full-wave solvers and antenna construction and testing. The final project for this class calls for students to design and build an antenna that can pick up the available broadcast television stations in Norman. Many of the students have reported that they still use the antennas in their homes for television reception.
This annual conference and celebration hosted by the Honors College showcases outstanding undergraduate research and creative activity for an audience of other students, faculty, and parents.
In the category of CIVIL, ELECTRICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING II:
- Skyler Garner and Devin Thompson with Prof. Mark Yeary, “5G Beamforming”
- Nicole Palmer and Andrew Gonzalez with Prof. Jay McDaniel, “77GHz Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging System”
- Amilton Pensamento with Prof. Justin Metcalf, “Interference Characterization and Mitigation for Automotive Radar”
Visit the link here to find this afternoon's session.
Congratulations to the ARRC's interdisciplinary teams of Faculty, Engineers and Students for their recent recognition by the VPRP for Excellence in Research Grants:
- The team led by Dr. Mark Yeary for the DOD-funded project: Near-field Scanner and Projects for Advanced Digital Radar, $7.4M.
- The team led by Dr. Robert Palmer for the DOC-NOAA funded project: Exploitation of the Horus All-Digital Polarimetric Phased Array Weather Radar, $2M.
These awards were given to the faculty for success in obtaining an extramural research grant with funding in excess of $1 million. The leaders and members of these teams will receive a commemorative Oklahoma rose rock marking their accomplishment.